There is an urgent need for stakeholders in the construction sector to ensure that their buildings and tenants are protected against fires, most of which occur during the summer season, said Al Muqarram Group spokesperson
“The recent spate of fires in the region, if not brought under control, could reverse the gains made in the real estate sector. It is, therefore, crucial that players in the construction and real estate sectors embrace technologies that will protect buildings against fires,” said Safdar Badami, managing director, Al Muqarram Group.
Although the number of fires in the UAE and particularly in the emirate of Dubai has slightly decreased from a high of 486 incidents in 2016 to 420 in 2017, stringent fire safety measures are still needed to protect lives and property.
As the region, led by the UAE, continues to undertake mega-building projects, the focus has now shifted to the hundreds of high-rise buildings being built using a variety of flammable materials that generate fire safety concerns.
“It is encouraging to see that the relevant authorities are enforcing tighter regulations and guidelines to protect buildings and the people living and working in them. On our part, we are also investing in research and development to produce highly-effective products that help to insulate buildings against fire hazard,” added Badami.
Al Muqarram Group was established in 1999 and produces Dolphin Fire-Stop Silicone Sealant-a flagship product that has been approved by the Sharjah and Abu Dhabi Civil Defence.
The Dolphin Fire-Stop Silicone Sealant is a single component, neutral cure, gun-grade certified fire-stop product tested by the Turkey-based Effectis Laboratory, which confirmed that this sealant could withstand extreme heat for up to four hours, according to the company's product statement.
Al Muqarram Group’s fire-stop silicone sealant undergoes annual third party audit under the IFCC fire-rated product certification schemes SDP001 and SDP14, which verifies the entire manufacturing process.
Additionally, the Dolphin Fire-Stop silicone sealant has an effective adhesion to glass, aluminium, glazed surfaces and metals, plastics, tiles, wood, concrete and other building materials.